Historian Pouherenga Kōrero o-Mua
Historians research, write and present information about events and people of the past and present. They may also teach history.
Historians may do some or all of the following:
- research topics they choose, or topics their clients have requested
- gather information from sources such as books and articles, fieldwork and interviews
- organise, analyse and interpret information
- prepare reports, webpages and books, or speak to the media about historical topics
- teach history
- help prepare museum displays and websites
- help identify, protect and research historic places
- advise government departments or Treaty of Waitangi claimants.
Useful experience for historians includes:
- research, library, or archive work
- practical experience of Māori culture and language
- volunteer work at a museum, art gallery or historical society.
Tutoring experience is also useful for academic or teaching positions.
Historians need to be:
- accurate, enquiring, patient and persistent
- able to keep information private
- able to make good judgements
- open-minded, with an understanding of a range of cultures
- skilled written and spoken communicators
- good at planning and organising.
Historians need to have knowledge of:
- the culture, history and society of the people being studied
- te reo Māori and Māori culture if specialising in New Zealand history
- how to conduct research, including interviewing, analysing, interpreting
- how to produce written, multi-media and spoken information effectively
- project management.
- usually work regular hours, but may be expected to work long hours
- usually work in offices, libraries or their own homes
- may travel within New Zealand and overseas to attend meetings and conferences or to complete research.
NCEA Level 3 is required to enter tertiary training. Useful subjects include English, te reo Māori and other languages, history, classics, art history, social studies and geography.
Historians who work for government agencies may progress to senior historian roles or move into management.
Historians who work for universities may progress to more senior academic roles such as senior lecturer, associate professor and professor.
They can also specialise as an art historian.
- Art Historian
- Art historians study and write about works of art.They may also deliver lectures on art history, advise on art, look after historical and contemporary art collections, and research and present exhibitions.
Years Of Training>5 years of training usually required.
To become an historian you need to have a post-graduate qualification.
To work as a public historian in a government department you need to have a Masters or higher post-graduate degree in history or a closely related subject, such as politics.
To work as an academic historian in a university you need a Doctorate (PhD) in history and a portfolio of relevant published work.